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Harley made in Korea!???

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After 107 years in Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson could leave

Iconic motorcycle maker could move to another state if it cannot cut labor costs



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Morry Gash / AP After 107 years in Milwaukee, Harley Davidson motorcycles could soon be rumbling away to another state if the company cannot bring down its labor costs.

By DINESH RAMDE

updated 1 hour 36 minutes ago MILWAUKEE — It's the roar that made Milwaukee famous — the distinctive throaty rumble of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. But that much-loved racket could be rumbling away to another state if the company cannot bring down its labor costs.
Harley-Davidson warned employees in April that it will move its Wisconsin manufacturing operations elsewhere if it cannot cut millions of dollars at the factories that build the bikes known as "Milwaukee Iron."
Harley's corporate headquarters would remain here, but that's small consolation to a community that has already endured repeated blows to its civic identity.
"When you think of Milwaukee you think of beer, brats and Harley-Davidson," said Steve Daily, a researcher at the Milwaukee County Historical Society. "Right or wrong, that's what it is."
But that's been changing. For example, the corporate parent of beer giant Miller parent moved its U.S. headquarters to Chicago in 2008 after joining its domestic operations with Molson Coors Brewing Co. Then there was Schlitz, which billed itself as "the beer that made Milwaukee famous" until financial and labor problems forced it to sell out to a Detroit company in the 1980s.
That leaves Harley-Davidson Inc. as the city's lone signature brand. It's also a magnet for tourists, many of whom want to visit the factories where Harley engines are made.
"We get asked frequently where the plants are," said Paul Upchurch, the president of the VISIT Milwaukee tourism bureau. "A lot of people around the world associate Milwaukee with the home of Harley."
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might not if you can read; quote: Harley executives are already scouting out other STATES.

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If they move south, Alabama maybe, we could get T-shirts printed;

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might not if you can read; quote: Harley executives are already scouting out other STATES.

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Exactly!
Where did anyone see Korea mentioned anywhere in the story???

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Exactly!
Where did anyone see Korea mentioned anywhere in the story???
Must work for the media:

Now that is some typical reporting.....

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Oh boy wow golly another Harley thread.
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You don't know how close to the truth you are! I have an insider at Harley HQ who tells me that Korea is on their 5 yr plan and not S. Korea... Yup, N. Korea! Willy G wants to be more philanthropic (like Bill Gates) and raise 3rd world nations to new heights. Something to do a prostate condition, I hear. Anyway, Willy G wants to be the first US company to move parts manufacturing into N. Korea with subassembly plants just over the Chinese border. It's true, what can I say; you found out somehow.

Additionally, look for smaller, cheaper Harleys aimed at the South American market. There are plans on he table for 125cc and 250cc Harleys, code-named CS (Commuter Series). these will be single cylinder models with 3 speeds that suppsoedly will sell for under $5,000 US but will look like the real thing, only way smaller. The engines will be made in China and final assembly will be done in Bolivia.... or was that Bulgaria? In any case, it won't be Milwaukee.

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